phant-, phanta-, phas-; -phasic, -phant
(Greek: manifest; show, appear, make appear, make visible, display; visible; to show through, to shine through; illustrious)
2. To conceive fanciful or extravagant notions, ideas, suppositions, etc: Henry keeps fantasizing about having the ideal job after he graduates from high school.
3. Etymology: from Latin which came from Greek phantasia, "appearance, image, perception, imagination".
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2. An understanding or perception that is not based on reality; an apparition or specter.
3. A creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
4. A mental image or representation of a real object.
5. An illusory likeness of something.
2. Fanciful or capricious; such as, people or their ideas or actions.
3. Imaginary or groundless as when something is not based on reality; when something is foolish or irrational: "He had these fantastic fears."
4. Extravagantly fanciful; marvelous.
5. Incredibly great or extreme; exorbitant: "My aunt kept spending fantastic sums of money."
6. Highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish: "My uncle had a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on sports events in Las Vegas."
7. Informal usage: extraordinarily good: "Last night we had a fantastic meal."
2. The forming of mental images; especially, wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing.
3. A mental image; especially, when unreal or fantastic; vision: "She had a nightmare fantasy."
4. In psychology, an imagined or conjured up sequence fulfilling a psychological need; a daydream.
5. A supposition based on no solid foundation; a visionary idea; an illusion: "The man had dreams of Utopias and similar fantasies."
6. An ingenious or fanciful thought, design, or invention.
7. In literature, an imaginative or fanciful work; especially, one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: "Edgar Allen Poe wrote many stories about fantasies of horror.
8. Etymology: "illusory appearance", from Old French fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantasia, "appearance, image, perception, imagination"; from phantazesthai, "picture to oneself" from phantos, "visible"; from phainesthai, "appear" in late Greek, "to imagine, have visions".
2. The presiding priest who initiated candidates at the Eleusinian mysteries; hence, one who teaches the mysteries and duties of religion.
3. In ancient Greece, an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
4. Any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; a mystagogue.
5. Someone who interprets and explains obscure and mysterious matters; especially, sacred doctrines or mysteries.
6. An interpreter of events: someone who explains or comments about everyday matters.
2. Resembling or characteristic of a presiding priest who initiated candidates at the Eleusinian mysteries; hence, one who teaches the mysteries and duties of religion.
The movement of an object that actually occurs is perceived as being different from what the movement really is.
An example is perceiving the wheels of an automobile as moving in a counterclockwise direction when they are, in fact, moving in a clockwise direction.
Whereas the grains in conventional materials range from microns to millimeters in diameter and contain several billion atoms, those in nanophase materials are less than 100 nanometers in diameter and contain fewer than tens of thousands of atoms.
2. An emphasis that is stronger than is thought usual or appropriate.
2. To use excessive emphasis.
2. Sometimes it was erroneously applied to the mechanism used: A phantasmagoria can be the device which produces such optical illusions, like a stereopticon or a magic lantern.
3. A shifting series or succession of phantasms or imaginary figures: A phantasmagoria can be seen in a dream or fevered condition, as called up by the imagination, or as created by a literary description.
4. Etymology: name of a "magic lantern" exhibition brought to London in 1802 by Philipstal, the name an alteration of a French version of phantasmagorie, said to have been coined in 1801 by French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier, from Greek phantasma, "image" + second element probably a French form of Greek agora, "assembly". This may have been chosen more for the dramatic sound than any literal Greek sense.
The inventor of the word apparently wanted a fancy and startling term, and may have fixed on -agoria without any reference to a Greek lexicon.
2. Fantastic imagery as represented in art: Jill went to an art museum where paintings of phantasmagories were on display by many well-known painters.
2. Like or being a phantom.